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If you like sherried whisky, you will love this super 25 year old from Glenfarclas. It oozes noble blood and devastating class.
Nose: A touch of menthol. Classic Sherry notes, less pronounced than the 15 year old perhaps, but the complexity is greater.
Palate: Incredibly clean central palate, but amazingly tangy. Really zingy top notes. Sherry and creamy barley, hints of gingerbread and nutty chocolate.
Finish: Very, very long and complex finish, oak-rich, hints of smoke, cocoa, buttery...
Overall: One of our all-time favourite Speyside malts.
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I am not a Scotch expert. I am a normal gentleman that has tried several Single Malt Whiskeys in restaurants, and wants to learn more. To do that I recently purchased 10 samples. At least one was from each region of Scotland. I had no regard for price. The goal was to try some very fine Whiskeys. I wanted to learn. This review is based on that. I am giving each sample 5 stars simply because they are all fine whiskeys and my pallet is not refined enough to make a 1-5 judgement. This is a great Whiskey. Very smooth, with just a hint of Sherry taste. Very smooth. Very drinkable. Of all the samples I bought ths was far and away the lowest priced. It was also one of the best. I'll guarantee that there will be a bottle of this in my cupboard.
12th February 2017
Picked this up for special occasions (we will see if that last). Easily one of the top 3 drams I have ever had.
5th January 2017
Though a little underwhelming for a 25yr character, this is a great whisky. Not too much influence from either the oak or the distillery. Very good balance without one overpowering the other. Nose - Slight menthol, sherry & mild chocolatePalate - Smooth. Full body. The long maturation is easily enjoyable. Superb. Mild spice, chocolate & cinnamon. Finish - Long. Bitter sweetness. I have 3 family cask Glenfarclas -1986/1988 & 1991. They are amazing whiskies. Excellent balance. But they are slightly better because of the high ABV. A few might lack the experience in tasting much aged whiskies & their reviews probably reflect just the analysis of the intensity of the whisky.
4th January 2017
I'm about 1/4 into my bottle now. I find the complexity and thickness of this liquid changes when the dram is poured and left for at least 20mins. I keep my whisky in a dark cool cupboard so I think the change to a warmer temperature helps this open up. This bottle was supposed to be kept for special occasions but I find drinking this 25 is a special occasion so it's catch 22!! This is a cross between a Christmas cake and a Black Forest gateaux with extra cherries. You can sip this and chew it, splendid stuff
24th December 2016
Beautifully balanced Whisky at an excellent price point. Tried this back to back with the Kavalan Sherry Oak, the Glenfarcles 25 is just more elegant less in the face with the Sherry. Well worth the price.
27th November 2016
Don't get me wrong.. This is a really good scotch, but for a 25 ????? Hell no ! If you want to be blown away for the same price, Glengoyne 21.. You'll thank me later.
22nd October 2016
Enjoying the 25, especially at this price point. Sugars and spice pop out, balanced by earth and drying sherry. Alcohol is more aggressive on front than to be expected for an old scotch, but the finish is long and chewy.
21st October 2016
For me, perfection in a bottle.
11th September 2016
This is one of the best whiskies I've had hands down. Sherry fruit and chocolate for days. And for the price? Are you kidding? I picked it up for $139 from a Total Wine and recently saw it marked down to $119. A 25 year old for under $150? Simply unbeatable.
23rd June 2016
You can't go wrong with this one.
14th May 2016
Had a present of a bottle for my 65 th birthday, it was only surpassed by the 40 year old I was given on my visit to your distillery on my 60th birthday, there are whisky's and there are whisky's, but none can compare to Glenfarclas
27th March 2016
Had this whisky in a restaurant, the description is spot on. This will be my 15th whisky, most of them fruity and or chocolatey. Allthough i've had quite some amazing whiskies, this one is easily top 3. It truly caught my attention the moment I sniffed the complex flavours. Yves from Belgium
13th March 2016
My first "sherry" whisky (Im new to all this) was a bottle of Glenfarclas 17. I ordered a dram of the 25 and Ill be back for a full bottle. I'm no expert to leave fancy tasting notes but I bloody love this 25. Should I expect more with the Family Casks?
8th March 2016
Fantastic drop, with the best finish I have ever tasted. Anyhow, rich, full sherry taste all the time with magnificent spiciness and vanilla -citrusy flavor. Bugger the price, this whisky is worth every penny you invest in. I simply love, Simply the Best :-)))))
23rd December 2015
Had this in my whisky advent calendar & thoroughly enjoyed it. All others so far have needed a splash of water, but this was just like Heaven in a glass. Warm, smooth, delightful. No harshness in taste or smell. I savoured every last drop, rueing the fact I only had a dream not a bottle. Quickly disappeared from stock here - but I shall be buying it when back in!My first Glenfarclas but certainly not my last.
7th December 2015
The nose was sharp, alcohol-front, with a light touch hinting at the possibility of a full body flavored, yet underwhelming. As it hit my tongue the first moment was the standard fire of alcohol from a bottle 10-years its junior. It then slips wetly around the tongue, with a touch of sweet fruit, but no real body. It gives off slight hints of smoke, enough that my pregnant wife stated, "Oh, you're drinking another glass of leather..." but it was literally a hint. The aftertaste was mostly of honey, alcohol, and a fresh palate ready to drink something with more body.I would drink it again, but I would not pay more than $75 for a bottle.Final Note: I am doing the 2015 advent calendar. As a result, I get one drink at it to decide if I like it enough to buy more. Sometimes I need to drink something three or four times to make up my mind. Thus, my rating is based on a one-time drink experience.
2nd December 2015
Some of the previous reviews left me feeling less than excited to taste this drop. I'm very pleased to announce its a delightful dram. Reminds me of Christmas pud, very sweet and very long. No nasal burn and no harsh alcohol taste. Not normally my thing, but if you got the dosh, then have a taste.
1st December 2015
Oranges, cloves, mint, then chocolate, leather, and oak. A complex whisky. I very slightly prefer the 15, though, which is exceptional value for money.
Having gotton use to the Family Cast, I find this one lacking. I would prefer more complexity. However it is a good Glenfarcus and it is a wonderful drink. Given that it cost less than a comparable Family Cast, I would say this is a good value. I gave 3 ½ stars because for the money it's a great buy and wonderful to drink. I'm just spoiled by the a Family Cast.
17th June 2015
This is one of my favorites. Smooth and has a nice balance of dried fruit, bittersweet chocolate, and oakieness with a hint of cinnamon. The light spiciness and sherry hints make this a really nice dram of whisky.
27th May 2015
A great whisky, at a great price.I take issue with the reviews below stating this is not up to standard. It's simply not the case and clearly don't know what there talking about, referencing a £235 bottle as a better alternative?? As with macallan and glengoyne, this has also spent its full maturation in sherry casks. The higher the age, the longer the flavours are absorbed into the spirit. Giving a deep, full bodied taste, full of dried fruit. This bottle easily matches the glengoyne 21. I'm not saying its better. But you can search reviews online to see how highly regarded this dram is and at this price you will struggle to find better. Macallan 25 is £695 to put it in perspective and the dalmore 25 is £625, to name just a few.
7th May 2015
We feel for our taste buds that this is parallel to the MacAllen 18 in all aspects from flavors, to smells, to smoothnessWould most certainly buy this and give as a gift
30th April 2015
I bought the 25 y/o Glenfarclas for the outcome of tax season (good season, cheers! Bad season, get drunk). It turned out to be a good tax year and I brought out the bottle in celebration with my mates and all of our faces were inexpressive. There was no distinctive bang, too much bite, the aroma has a fairly nice waft, but breathing it too close burns the nose. We only had one drink and called it a night.Now I'm drinking the bottle alone in order to make room for a standard Jack or Jameson 1/25 or 1/2 this bottle's age and 1/5 the price. This drink does not make me look forward to its consumption. I waited a year to drink it and should have waited longer. If I go fancy, I'm sticking to Glenfiddich 21 or higher. That number 25 on the label has curb appeal, but no value on the quality.
7th April 2015
Having tried several of the Glenfarclas lineup (not including family casks), I think I can say that this one fits right in and acts its age. It is unmistakably Glenfarclas. The nose is typical of the distillery, though sweeter and perhaps softer. It is dangerously drinkable. I could see where some might complain of it being too subtle... but I don't think that is the case. It shouldn't be compared to the likes of Aberlour and Glendronach.
25th March 2015
The palate is not my personal favorite, but the nose is just mindblowing, so much complex sherry. Watch out though, the nose could be addicting if you like sherry.
20th March 2015
My father is 80 in a week's time and loves Glenfarclas 15 year old, so I thought I'd splash out on something a bit special. So I come here to check out the reviews on the Glenfarclas 25, but find two that appear to be advertising Glengoyne, both citing the Glengoyne 21 and 25. However the Glengoyne 25 is £234, so why on earth cite it when reviewing a whisky that costs £116? And `Steve' if there really are whiskies in Sainsburys costing just £20, but the equal of this one, please do tell me which ones they are as I can save a lot of money. Maybe the Glenfarclas was just too subtle for your tastebuds?
30th January 2015
I have to agree with the review below. This whisky is in no way complex or rich in flavour when you compare it to the Glengoyne 21 and the Glengoyne 25. The Glengoyne 21 is thick, rich and full of flavour, the Glenfarclas 25 and the 21 are both terribly overpriced and with little flavour.
12th December 2014
I bought this on the strength of the reviews here but am very disappointed. I enjoy the Glengoyne 21 and 25 and several Glendronach sherried malts, the rich fruity taste and long spice finishes. The Glenfarclas 25 is none of those, it's a very subtle whisky, there is no strong taste, very little taste at all in fact and even the nose is plain and dry. This tastes like a cheap 10 year old whisky, not unpleasant and certainly drinkable but a Macallan 10, many of the The Balvenies and even Arberlour 12 all have a deeper, richer flavour with more complexity and a stronger finish than this and all cost half the price of this.I can't see the appeal, if you want a light, easy drink then spend £20 in Sainsbury's, not over £107 on this. Waste of money when you consider that a Glengoyne 21 is the same price, chalk and cheese ! Steve
3rd November 2014
This one is a very good, refined whisky, one that develops curious raw cocoa & sacher notes that I couldn't find in any other glass in a lineup of their current 15-40 year olds. It's nuttier than the rest of the bunch and the one that stands out as a bit of a surprise when you nose the different age bottlings in succession. Good stuff.
20th August 2014
I have now sampled all the glenfarclas standard range. Have to say like them all, this is perhaps the best one it's complex but accessible. The 40 is great very complex but not sure it's what I want in a speysider 30 I did not really see much difference to this not sure worth the extra outlay 21 again a bit to similar to the 15 and 17. Think this and the 12 the prefect couple for any collection as best all round examples of this distillery. But that said would not exclude any of the others...
1st March 2014
Smooth and balanced, the sherried notes are strong but not over powering. The nose has tones of fruit, and the taste is like buttery toast. As stated by the guys at MOM, it's the finish where this malt excels, as it's long and full. Excellent!
9th December 2013
Opened this on my daughters first birthday. One of the best whiskeys I have ever drunk. This is a sherried finish heavyweight!
15th September 2013
10th November 2012
Really nice and fresh, but complex enough. Nice dried fruit, cinnamon and cocoa notes along with sherry and bit of oak. Some almonds notes in aftertaste. This is one of my all time favorites.If you want serious sherry monster look no further Glenfarclas and Glendronach. Sorry, not Macallan. Povilas
18th May 2012
21st April 2012
No menthol, just ripe apples and fruits, great taste. Lovely oaky sweetness which you can chew for ages
above review was meant for the 30 year old... hehe. that'll teach me to drink all 5 drams in a tasting set so quickly
14th December 2011
this is a stunner. only tries a sample so far but this bottle is on my future purchase list..
We tried this together with older Glenfarclas but I think this beauty was the best
19th April 2011